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東南植物楽園

Southeast Botanical Gardens

2146 Chibana, Okinawa City
Tel: 098-939- 2555
Hours: Sun-Thu 9:00-18:00; Fri, Sat and the day before public holidays 9:00-22:00
Open daily
Admission: Adults ¥1,500, ages 16-18 ¥1,000, ages 7-15 ¥500, under 6 free
*Free admission to restaurant and shop on the premises *Annual passport: Adults ¥3,650, ages 15-18 ¥2,500, ages 7-14 ¥1,250

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福地川海浜公園

Fukujigawa Seaside Park

Recommended for families with young children looking for well-equipped beaches is Fukujigawa Seaside Park, which has a beach where jellyfish nets are installed. Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and other activities are also on offer. The park has both a seaside and a riverside area.

 334 Kawata, Higashi Village
Tel: 0980-51-2301
Hours: Apr-Oct 9:00-18:00; Nov-Mar until 17:00
Open daily

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うっぱまビーチ

Uppama Beach

With one kilometer of pure white sand, Uppama Beach can be found beyond some sugarcane fields near the Gesashi no hirugi bayashi mangrove forest. This pristine beach is recommended when visiting Higashi Village, located in a mountainous area.

292-50 Gesashi, Higashi Village
Tel: 0980-56-2767
Swimming season: Year round

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どきどきヤンバルンチャー

Doki Doki Yambarunture

Tel: 0980-55-8118
Admission:
Adults: ¥
6,500 / ages 11-15 ¥4,500 / ages 4-10 ¥500 Ride hours: 9:00 / 10:20 / 11:40 / 13:00 / 14:20 / 15:40 / 17:00

*Ages 4-12 must ride with an adult.
*About a 20-minute drive from Kyodo I.C.,
the northernmost end of the Okinawa Expressway

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ヒルギふれあい公園

Hirugi Fureai Park

This is a park set in the midst of mangrove trees in Gesashi Bay. The mangrove forest has been designated a national natural monument. There is a walkway through the park and an observation deck from where visitors can observe the mangroves.

54-1 Gesashi, Higashi Village
Tel: 0980-51-2433

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フィッシャリーナ

Fisharena

This is a new commercial area in Chatan Town with various shops lining a walkway along the coastline and chartered boats departing daily from berths in the marina for the Kerama Islands. Six new hotels, including a Doubletree by Hilton, and condominiums are scheduled to open by 2020, adding to the already existing Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort.All along the walkways extending from here past American Village and Sunset Beach to Araha Beach are popular spots for watching the sunset.

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奥武島

Ou Island

Ou Island has a perimeter of only two kilometers, with a drive around the whole island taking about five minutes. The island is full of excitement during the haaree boat races, when rowers jump off a bridge into the water to climb into their sabani. Numerous tempura shops at the base of the bridge sell fresh seafood tempura at reasonable prices, a treat for locals and tourists alike.

Situated right next to the bridge is a typical Okinawan white sand beach that is enjoyed by locals.

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大度ビーチ(ジョン万ビーチ)

Odo Beach (John Man Beach)

The beach offers great snorkeling with its crystal-clear water, home to a number of tropical fish. You can swim only during high tide; at low tide, the beach is crowded with locals exploring the exposed reef, observing marine creatures trapped in tide pools or clamming. It’s also well known as a diving and surfing point.

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喜屋武岬

Cape Kyan

 

You can see the vast,deep-blue ocean from the top of Cape Kyan. Once a site of great tragedy where numerous Okinawans committed suicide during the Battle of Okinawa, the cape has become a famous surfing point.

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